Car accidents are traumatic experiences and victims need all the help they can get. No accident is easy to handle or recover from. They can cause minor injuries or leave their victims scarred for life. Where injuries are severe, some of them lose their jobs or businesses. Some end up incapable of fending for themselves and/or their loved ones. They spend more time in court trying to convince judges and juries that they deserve justice and appropriate financial compensation.
Fortunately, the victims are not alone. A car accident victim can win the court case with the help of a personal injury attorney. For this to happen, though, the victims need to do a few things first, before approaching the attorneys. What they do prior to the first – and any subsequent – meeting with the attorney can determine the fate of the lawsuit in pursuit of justice and compensation. The things they need to do are not simple.
So, how can they enhance their cases before meeting an attorney?
The immediate reaction or response to the accident is often filled with shock. The sight of the twisted metals all around could disorient you a bit, leaving you feeling dazed and confused. Once you begin coming back to your senses, do not postpone checking up on all around you. Check yourself for any injuries. Check the passengers in your car. If no one is injured, move the vehicle to a safer location. Call 911 immediately you see that one or several of you are injured. Calling 911 is an excellent way of documenting what happened.
Engagement with Law Enforcement Officers
Law enforcement officers also help you garner more evidence. Police are great at identifying the driver who was most likely at fault and also have the training to check for injuries. They may cite the driver who is responsible for committing a criminal offense or traffic infraction. When a criminal case is filed in court in pursuit of justice, these officers will be invaluable. Personal injury cases, however, are all about being whole again.
The goal of a personal injury case is to compel the accused to pay compensation.
Document all the Facts
Do not be idle while waiting for the attorney’s arrival. Instead, spend the time acting as a detective. Ask the driver’s name, address, insurance details, and phone number. Ask other witnesses who saw the accident, to provide you with their contact details too. If you have a cell phone, use it to capture images or videos of the accident. Additionally, take as many photos of the injuries.
Pursue Medical Treatment and Consult the Attorney
Your health and well being are very important. Therefore, seek medical treatment as fast as possible. Visit your healthcare provider. Seeking medical treatment does not start or end with calling 911. Attend all meetings with healthcare provider. Again, this also helps you to continue increasing the evidence. At this point, you will be within your rights to consult the attorney. You now have proof to back up your claims of the personal injuries suffered during the accident.
Contact Aronberg, Aronberg & Green for more assistance.